***IMPORTANT UPDATE*** Good afternoon. Today the Governor ruled that schools WILL NOT reopen for summer. The WSSC will continue with its Distance Learning Plan through the summer session. More specific information will follow in the coming weeks.
From our Psychology Department: Activities that Help Children with ADHD, ASD, & Other Learning Disabilities Cope with Changes Resulting from the Coronavirus Link: https://5il.co/g1bq
***IMPORTANT UPDATE*** Good afternoon. The Governor just extended New York Pause through the end of this school year. The Westchester School Distance Learning Plan will remain in effect through Thursday 06/18/2020.
Our Psychology Department would like to share information on: “Fear of Getting Sick and/or Dying, Fear of Someone You Love Getting Sick and/or Dying“ Link: https://5il.co/f6yo
***Important Update*** The Governor just extended New York Pause to May 15. The Westchester School will re-open on Monday May 18, 2020. Our Distance learning plan will remain in effect until we re-open.
Resources For Feeling Isolated, Feeling Helpless, Feeling Sad/ Depressed From our Psychology Department Link: https://5il.co/ew8l
**Important Update** Today the Governor extended the Executive Order closing schools. The Westchester School will re-open on Wednesday April 29, 2020. Our Distance learning plan will remain in effect until we re-open.
A short read with some great Resources for Social Skills/Acquired Skills from our Psychology Department. Click this Link: https://5il.co/eblb
***IMPORTANT UPDATE *** The Governor extended the Executive Order closing schools. The Westchester School will re-open on Monday April 20, 2020. Our Distance learning plan will be in effect through April 9, 2020.
From our Psychology department--- Individuals with ASD are uniquely impacted by the many changes that have come with the emergence of COVID-19. This webinar will focus on practical tips for parents in supporting children with ASD during this time. We will discuss strategies for designing and implementing new routines, ways to approach explaining changes in daily life due to COVID, and how to maintain social skills virtually. We will also share resources specific to individuals with ASD.
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Attached are various activities that are fun, easy, and most importantly targets different levels of developmental milestones. If you require further clarifications on any of the activities listed, please contact the primary Occupational/Physical therapist servicing your child. Adjunto encontrarán varias actividades que son fáciles, divertidas y lo más importante diseñadas para las diferentes etapas del crecimiento. Si necesita explicación acerca de las actividades por favor comunicarse con el terapeuta ocupacional o físico de su hijo.
Please take a moment to look through this important information from our Psychology Department... Managing Anxiety & Stress: https://5il.co/dwst
The Child Care Council of Westchester will distribute food on behalf of Feeding Westchester! This Friday afternoon, March 20th, from noon until 4 PM, volunteers will distribute 14-pound bags of shelf durable goods to those in need at no cost. The distribution will take place in the parking lot in the back of the Child Care Council's office at 313 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale. Those arriving to pick up food should drive up the hill to the back of the building and follow posted signs. In the interest of proper social distancing, we ask those arriving to remain in their car and open the trunk for a volunteer to place a bag inside. We will need to know the size of the family for which you are picking up the food, but we will not be asking for names or identification. If you have any questions, please call the Child Care Council of Westchester at (914) 761-3456 x104.
Plan de aprendizaje a distancia de la Escuela Westchester para niños especiales Para continuar satisfaciendo las necesidades educativas de nuestros estudiantes durante este momento difícil, la escuela ha tomado numerosos pasos para garantizar que el proceso educativo continúe para nuestros estudiantes. A medida que el programa brinda servicios a estudiantes de una amplia área demográfica y geográfica, nuestro método más efectivo para proporcionar materiales educativos a nuestros padres ha demostrado ser la utilización del sitio web y la aplicación de la escuela que están directamente vinculados. • En nuestra aplicación / sitio web, publicaremos varias hojas de trabajo y actividades que abarcan los niveles de funcionamiento para todos nuestros estudiantes, con un enfoque especial en las metas del IEP asignadas a nuestros estudiantes. • Publicaremos una lista de varias actividades para que los padres implementen en casa, que no requieren hojas de trabajo, pero son más prácticas, basadas en los sentidos y permiten la práctica de las habilidades de la vida diaria. • También publicaremos una lista de sitios web a los que los padres pueden acceder desde su casa de forma gratuita. • Para brindar más apoyo a nuestros estudiantes y padres, los maestros se pondrán en contacto con los padres por teléfono y correo electrónico de manera regular para proporcionar trabajo, responder preguntas y brindar la asistencia necesaria. • A cualquier padre que no tenga acceso a una computadora o teléfono inteligente se le indicará que se comunique con la escuela y se le enviarán por correo los paquetes informativos. • Para preguntas sobre cómo trabajar con su hijo en sus objetivos terapéuticos; comuníquese con el Coordinador de área por correo electrónico y recibirá una respuesta inmediata. o Terapia ocupacional y física: Ruma Choudhury en RChoudhury@westchesterschool.org o Terapia del habla y lenguaje: Leanne Lucia: LLucia@westchesterschool.org o Servicios psicológicos: Vasilios Lagos: VLagos@westchesterschool.org o Para asistencia con servicios externos, contacte a Elisa Pacewicz en EPacewicz@westchesterschool.org o Diane Gaetano DGaetano@westchesterschool.org o Servicios educativos: Corinne Safarowic CSafarowic@westchesterschool.org o Jonathan Remeny JRemeny@westchesterschool.org o Louise Bolduc LBolduc@westchesterschool.org Sabemos lo importante que es la escuela para nuestros estudiantes y esperamos que regresen a la escuela tan pronto como sea seguro hacerlo. Mientras tanto, continuaremos trabajando juntos para proporcionar formas de trabajar en la implementación de sus IEP utilizando un formato de aprendizaje a distancia.
The Westchester School for Special Children Distance Learning Plan In order to continue to meet the educational needs of our students during this difficult time, the school has taken numerous steps to ensure that the educational process continues for our students. As the program services students from a wide demographic and geographic area, our most effective method for providing educational materials to our parents has proven to be utilization of the school’s website and app which are directly linked. · On our app/website, we will post various worksheets and activities spanning the levels of functioning for all of our students, with special focus on IEP goals assigned to our students. · We will post a list of several activities for parents to implement at home, which do not require worksheets, but are more hands-on, sensory based and allow for the practicing of daily living skills. · We will also post a list of websites which the parents can access from home free of charge. · To further provide support to our students and parents, teachers will be in contact with parents via phone and email on a regular basis in order provide work, to answer questions, and provide any assistance needed. · Any parent that does not have access to a computer or smartphone will be directed to contact the school and informational packets will be mailed home to them. · For questions about how to work with your child on their therapeutic goals; contact the area Coordinator via email and you will receive a prompt response. o Occupational & Physical Therapy: Ruma Choudhury at RChoudhury@westchesterschool.org o Speech & Language Therapy: Leanne Lucia: LLucia@westchesterschool.org o Psychological Services: Vasilios Lagos: VLagos@westchesterschool.org o For assistance with outside services, contact Elisa Pacewicz at EPacewicz@westchesterschool.org or Diane Gaetano DGaetano@westchesterschool.org o Educational Services: Corinne Safarowic CSafarowic@westchesterschool.org or Jonathan Remeny JRemeny@westchesterschool.org or Louise Bolduc LBolduc@westchesterschool.org We know how important school is to our students and we look forward to having them return to school as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we will continue to work together to provide ways to work on implementing their IEPs utilizing a distance learning format.
Please see the news feed section for information regarding our distance learning plan and the document section for materials you can use for at home instruction. Por favor vea la seccion de noticias para informacion de el plan de documentos,y materiales para uso en la casa.
Yesterday, March 16, the Governor issued an Executive Order stating: Notwithstanding any prior directives, every school in the state of New York is hereby directed to close no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for a period of two weeks, ending April 1, 2020. The state shall reassess at that time whether to extend such closure beyond this date. As of today we will re-open The Westchester School on April 1, 2020 Distance learning instruction will be forwarded to the parents/students by the end of today. If you are viewing this from our Website.. Please download The Westchester School App if you have not done so already. Turn on Notifications so that you can see all Important Updates as they are posted.
**Coronavirus Update** (A Letter from our Director...) Please know that we continue to monitor the Coronavirus and its impact in the Metropolitan area. Rest assured, that we will communicate any updates with you as we receive them. We will follow the guidelines set by the New York State Education Department. Should we be effected by the virus, we would be required to close for 24 hours and then we would follow the direction of the State Health Department who would come in and assess the site. They would then make a determination of if/when, and for how long the building would close. Please understand that the decision to close is not made by us. It will be made by the Health Department. Please continue to remain vigilant in cleaning of highly touched surfaces in the classroom as well as frequent and thorough hand cleaning for both yourself and our children. Thank you, Leonard Spano
Dear Parents, On Tuesday, November 26th, we will be celebrating our annual Thanksgiving Day feast. All of our school-aged students will be served chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, corn bread, apple pie, apple juice and water. Our pre-school students will enjoy chicken nuggets, French fries, juice and cupcakes. If you do not want your child to eat the lunch provided, please send him/her with lunch. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! Queridos Padres, El Martes 26 de Noviembre, estaremos celebrando nuestra fiesta annual del Dia de Accion de Gracias. A todos los estudiantes de edad escolar se les servira, pollo, Pure de papas, relleno, maiz, pan de maiz, pastel de manzana, jugo de manzana y agua. Nuestros estudiantes del pre-escolar disfrutaran de chicken nuggets, papas fritas, jugo y cupcakes. Si no quiere que su hijo coma esto, por favor envie su comida. Gracias y Feliz Dia de Accion de Gracias.
Memo from: The Child Study Team Hello Parents and Guardians, If you have not registered your child with OPWDD and need assistance, please reach out to The Child Study Team. You can contact: Diane Gaetano (ext 817) if you live in NYC or Elisa Pacewicz (ext 853) if you live in Westchester. If you live in Connecticut, contact Elisa Pacewicz for assistance registering with DDS.
The popcorn has arrived! Orders will be going home as soon as possible. Thank you for helping to make our school fund raiser the most successful one in years! Las palomitas de maiz han llegado! Las ordenes seran enviadas a casa lo mas pronto posible. Gracias por ayudarnos a hacer que nuestra recaudacion de fondos escolar haya sido un exito!
Thank you to all of the parents and family members that participated in Back to School Day today. Thanks to you, we had a record turn out! As always, thank you for entrusting us with your child's education each day. Gracias a todos los Padres y Familiares que participaron en el Dia de Regreso a la Escuela hoy. Gracias a todos, tuvimos un record de resultados! Como siempre, gracias por confiar en nostros con la educacion y seguridad de su hijo.
Congratulations to the graduates of the Westchester School For Special Children. Under the leadership of the Executive Director, Leonard Spano, and the fantastic staff, our students are starting a new chapter in their life, one I know they're prepared for. Continue to be the spark plugs each of you are and make Yonkers proud.
Westchester County is offering free back-to-school vaccines today. All children who do not have their required immunizations must have the first dose of vaccines within 14 days from the first day of school. Today’s clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 20 S. Broadway in Yonkers. Appointments can be made by calling the Westchester County Department of Health at 914-995-5800.